Increasing Access to Health Products in the DRC

The NGCA Initiative demonstrated that it is possible to deliver more health products more reliably to more health centers at less cost than was done under the existing system. While costs shift from the health center and zone levels to the provincial level, this shift represents a maturing health system, as it relies less on health workers to shoulder transportation costs and places more responsibility on the province to support primary health care. Moreover, in a next-generation supply chain, stronger data systems support health workers and give them the information, tools and training they need to be successful.

A next-generation supply chain is valuable for its ability to improve access to health care, particularly in hard-to-reach areas. So, the question must be asked: What are partners, donors and governments willing to invest for a supply chain that increases product availability while reducing the financial and time burden on health workers? When products are available, more people can access the full range of primary health services and receive preventive and curative care, in turn remaining healthier and less vulnerable to illness and disease. By investing in stronger health supply chains, governments — with partner and donor support — can build a stronger and lasting foundation for primary health services.